DATELINE: Another Gay Role for Franco
James Franco has played more gay characters than any other star this side of Franklin Pangborn, the 1930s character pantywaist for all occasions.
Franco surely has never admitted to being gay, but he has done every conceivable role from Allen Ginsburg to Hart Crane to King Cobra. Now he is taking another shot at docudrama playing a gay magazine editor married to Zachary Quinto (who is openly gay in real life).
This time Franco becomes so irritated with living in the wilds of Canada with his lover that he decides to go straight.
What? Yes, on the heels of the Matthew Shepherd murder, Franco’s real life editor decides it’s time for a change.
This movie will irritate both gay people and Christian fundamentalists. Gay life is played as lascivious, libertine, and drug addled, with Franco and Quinto in hot kisses. But, the dull Christian is even worse when Franco washes the henna rinse out of his hair and goes au naturel.
Will this film finally cure Franco out of playing gay roles on screen? Or will it scare him straight into the arms of another man in real life? Or at least admit it.
The answers are likely not in this picture of gay life from 1998 to 2008, and Michael the former gay man is not a role model for anyone. His transformation from firebrand of queer politics to turning his cheeks for God, is truly bizarre.
We think gay life is not stereotypical of the world of dance, drugs, and endless sex, but the world is easily turned from black to white in this movie.
The audience for I Am Michael may be limited to critical viewers who are gluttons for punishment.